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It’s conquered all nationally and now Tau Ora has its sights set on further glory overseas.

Tau Ora staff walked away from yet another awards evening clutching their latest trophy – the top prize for Health, Safety and Wellbeing at the HRINZ awards held in Auckland last week.

The latest win adds to a trophy cabinet that is bulging with mementoes of similar victories and an ongoing recognition for the health and wellness programme that wellness advisor Tuihana Ohia says goes back to 2014.

“We have won awards every year since then so it’s great to have that recognition.” 

Tau Ora was up against entries from numerous health organisations and multi-national corporations but it swayed the judges, who were moved to tears upon receiving the submission.

Tuihana says Tau Ora wants to spread its message far and wide and now has its sights on other organisations, commercial entities, our communities and marae.

She said the team are also looking at opportunities overseas for the health and wellness programme. 

“We are doing some research on international awards and indigenous awards. We are trying to see where else we could have potential.”

Tuihana said Tau Ora was going to another level this year in terms of what is in store for kaimahi who get on the bandwagon to improved health.

“In the past we focused on the pedometer hikoi but what we are doing now runs from March right through until November.”

“There will be before and after health checks for our kaimahi, workshops, a Tau Ora games.”

“We also have a step-a-thon and a summer sprints event and of course, a Tau Ora conference.” 

Tuihana wanted to acknowledge Te Wānanga o Aotearoa kaimahi for all their efforts, support and participation.

She hoped with so many things on the Tau Ora calendar for 2016 that even more kaimahi would get on board. 

“In the past the most participants we have had was 750 but we are really hoping to get between 900 and 1000 this year.”

 

 

 

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